Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Mountainfilm is a multi-dimensional festival that celebrates adventure, activism, social justice, culture, environment and indomitable spirit. We accept and screen feature and short films on a broad range of subjects. We are always interested in work that focuses on mountains (both symbolic and physical), mountain culture, and mountaineering, but we also showcase films about people who are dedicated to changing the world.

Mountainfilm promotes and encourages diversity behind the camera.

Mountainfilm 2021 will look a little different. Our plan is to have an in-person and virtual festival hybrid.

If you have questions about the submission process, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions and detailed Submission Guidelines on the Mountainfilm website.

Best Documentary Feature: $5000
Vimeo Staff Pick Award: $2500
Audience Choice Award: $5000
Women in Film Award: $2500
Moving Mountains Award (supports a non-profit featured in a film): $1000 + $1500 to the filmmakers
Charlie Fowler Best Adventure Film: $2500
Best Short Film: $1000
Student Choice Award (awarded by a jury of local students): $1000

Eligibility Requirements

-Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival. If your film is not a documentary, please do not submit.
-Feature documentaries are 40 minutes and longer. Shorts are under 40 minutes, including credits.
-Film entries may be of any length, from any country and on any subject in keeping with our mission. Subtitled films should either be in English or include English subtitles.
-At this time, we do not accept VR projects.
-With very few exceptions, Mountainfilm requires that films have not screened or broadcast in Colorado prior to the festival. We take other previous screenings, broadcasts and online availability into consideration when making official selections.
-Mountainfilm prefers newer films for inclusion. For the 2021 festival, we are seeking films making their premieres after June of 2020.
-We will consider films that have had an online presence, though our preference is to highlight work that has not already reached a large audience.

Submission Guidelines

-Only complete applications will be considered. This includes full contact information, film synopsis and specs, hi-res production stills, a trailer (features only), a Vimeo screener link and director headshot and bio.
-We strongly prefer Vimeo links over FilmFreeway's video uploads.
-Your screener link must remain active until June 1, 2021.
-Entry fees are non-refundable.
-If you are from an LMIC or are a student, please contact us for a submission fee discount/waiver.

Due to the number of submissions received, we cannot provide feedback on entries.

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  • Joshua Cannon

    After many years attending, this was my first year having a film play this tremendous, one-of-a-kind festival. Even with it looking different this year due to the pandemic, the programmers make you feel like family and create a warm and welcoming experience. The programming itself is top-notch. Can't wait to be back in Telluride; there's nothing quite like leaving a theatre and chewing on what you just experienced with the mountains standing tall behind you.

    September 2020
  • Josh Carrasquillo

    Mountainfilm was a great festival to be a part of. Very thankful for all of their considerations and effort to make it a great experience.

    June 2020
  • Shane Matthews

    The content, including film categories, presentations, and speakers were phenomenal. I only give 2 stars for networking because of the lack of human interaction and side conversations that organically sprout throughout the weekend in Telluride. Kudos to Mountainfilm staff for sacrificing nothing in this year's online festival!

    June 2020
  • Jake Cohn

    Amazing time from the opening dinner to morning coffee.
    A place to learn and get inspired.
    can't wait to go back!

    August 2019
  • Michael Rowley

    From feeling welcomed and supported by the staff and volunteers to having large and engaged audiences at our screenings - Mountainfilm was such a pleasure for myself and our film. The small-town atmosphere is great for meeting people and forming fast friendships. I highly recommend filmmakers apply and attend if selected by this top-notch festival.

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Michael! We loved having you and your film here at Mountainfilm. Come back soon.